Ionia County, Michigan

Posted Queries for 2008-2009


MAGEE

I am attempting to research the Magee family of Ionia for an aunt of 98.
She had done considerable work on the family but due to age can not continue.  

I am looking for the family of James Magee married to Louisa O Dodge and descendants.

The children were Clarence (Lizzie, Lydia, Ida?) , William, Henry (Alice), Lena (Clook), Lydia (Munson), Rosa (Temple), Nettie (James) and Lotty

I would be interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in any of these families.

Marilyn, Montral, Quebec
(7/1/2009)

 

MALONE

I am seeking information pertaining to the arrival of Martin Malone in Ionia County, probably in the late 1860’s to early 1870’s.  He married Harriet (Hattie) Wedge, daughter of Moses Wedge, in Montcalm Co. in 1873.  They lived in Ionia the rest of their lives, along with son John George Malone, who was a postal clerk.  John Malone married Mary Sherman, daughter of James Marshall Sherman and Sophia Cook. 

My wife is a direct descendent of the Malone and Sherman line. 

Pat Currigan of Ionia has been extremely helpful in digging up records concerning the Sherman family for us, and I have asked her to check some other sources for me.  

My specific need at this point is to determine if Martin Malone arrived in Ionia or near there by way of the Orphan Trains that operated out of New York City.  I believe we have located him in the New York Juvenile Asylum in 1860 at about 11/12 years of age.  I have learned that this institution sent children out to be indentured or adopted.  I have searched but been unable to find a source of records as to the children on the trains.   

If you have information or contacts or advice to pass along it would be greatly appreciated.

 Frank Hall  Amarillo, TX

(5/03/2009)

 


COOK, SHERMAN, MALONE

I am seeking information on the Cook, Sherman, and Malone’s of Ionia County mid to late 1800’s. 

James M. Sherman married Sophia L. Cook in Marshall Township. Their children where Albert E. and Mary Sherman.  I would like to find the parents names for James and Sophia. 

John G. Malone.  I have the names of Burt, Martin, Maurice and Maynard.  I would like to find the parents of John G.  I have found that the Malones are buried in Highland Park Cemetery, as well as the Sherman’s. 

Any help or guidance is appreciated.  I have found many records and article to trace from present day back to the mid 1850’ , but have not been able to go further.  My wife is a Malone.  Her father James Martin was born in Detroit, the son of Martin Malone and Mary Sherman.  My mother-in-law traveled to Detroit and met Mary as well as Sophia Sherman.  Mrs. Sherman referred to “The General” often, and I think she may have been speaking of John Sherman from Ionia.  Help here would be wonderful.

 Frank Hall  Amarillo, TX

(3/24/2009)


COLE, PARKER

I am searching for answers for my Cole family.
 

Elsie Jane Parker: Married to a Hutchison in Canada, Married to Frederick Cole on 13 Mar 1864, Amsden, Michigan. She was born 05 Nov 183, Bradford, Canada, she died; place and date unknown. 1900 Census has Elsie and Frederick Cole living in Edmore Village, Montcalm, Michigan.

1.      Find out first husband’s name and what happened to him.

2.   His and Elsie children moved to Montcalm. They are Jennie B. who married John H. Peck and Andrew

3.      Place and Date of death. (Death Certificate if you can)

4.      Her parents.

 

Frederick Cole: Born May 1828, in Steuben, New York, he died; place and date unknown.

1.      Place and Date of death. (Death Certificate if you can)

2.   What happened to their children.

 

Household: 1880 US CENSUS Fairplain, Montcalm, Michigan

 Name 

Relation

Marital Status

Gender

Race

Age

Birthplace

Occupation

Father's Birthplace

Mother's Birthplace

 Fredrick COLE 

 Self 

 M 

 Male 

 W 

 48 

 NY 

 Lborer 

 NY 

 MA 

 Elsie J. COLE 

 Wife 

 M 

 Female 

 W 

 47 

 CAN 

 Keeping House 

 CAN 

 SCOT 

 Ellen COLE 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 17 

 MI 

 At Home 

 NY 

 CAN 

 James COLE 

 Son 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 13 

 MI 

 At School 

 NY 

 CAN 

 Bert COLE 

 Son 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 11 

 MI 

 At School 

 NY 

 CAN 

 Udelley COLE 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 9 

 MI 

  

 NY 

 CAN 

 Calvin COLE 

 Son 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 6 

 MI 

  

 NY 

 CAN 

 Fredrick COLE 

 Son 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 4 

 MI 

  

 NY 

 CAN 

 Floy COLE 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 1 

 MI 

  

 NY 

 CAN 

 

Orin Daniel Cole: Son of Frederick and Elsie. Born 13 Oct 1869, in Montcalm, he died in 1928 Michigan. He married Anna Rebbeca Zimmerman, born 20 Jun 1868, in Ohio, she died 4 Jun 1942 in Ionia, Belding, Michigan. They were married 9 May 1892 in Ionia, Belding, Michigan.
            1.  Place and Date of death (Death Certificate if you can)
 
Anna Rebbeca Zimmerman: 
            1.  Her Parents and what happened to them.
 
 
William Lee Millard
3515 Creech Road, Durham, North Carolina 27704

(3/15/2009)


SAMAIN, OLMSTEAD, BARRETT

My enquiry concerns the names of three particular people which appear in the Cemetery Index for Ionia County.
A major branch of my family tree relates to the Samain family (originally Huguenots). One line settled in Michigan in 1835. My enquiry relates to the wives of two brothers Elias and Daniel.

First, Elias married Julia Olmstead and a variety of circumstances (dates, names & locations) suggest she was the daughter of Mont Vernon Olmstead of Orange Township - town supervisor and part benefactor of the Keefer-Olmstead Cemetery. Elias & Julia had a son Vernon born in Ionia County 2nd September 1872. At Keefer-Olmstead there is another son, Robert (bn 1882), who was adopted by Henry and Sarah Perret, and a daughter Edna who married Frank Dorin. I am a little uncertain about Julia because, in the Index, both she and Vernon are named Olmstead and not Samain. I wondered whether it was because she was interred as the daughter of Mont Vernon Olmstead and Vernon as the grandson of etc.

The second question is very similar to the first: Daniel married Minerva Barrett, daughter of Ebenezer & Rebecca. At Portland Cemetery there is, interred with Ebenezer & Rebecca, a Mervia Barrett. I wondered whether a) this could be Minerva (she did die about that time) and b) if it is she, how her name is Barrett and not Samain.
May I say (without flattery) what a wonderful resource I have found your website to be. I have discovered so much from different sections - and not just data relating to the family. Life in 19th century Michigan has come alive for me.
I do hope you can help me clarify my confusions here.
With many thanks and best wishes,

David Seddon (Norwich, England)

(8/28/2008)



BECKER

I am trying to fill in a gap in the life story of my great-grandfather, Mathias Becker (sometimes Baker). Sometime between 1863 and 1870 he and his wife ran some kind of eating place or saloon in Ionia. Before this he lived in Grand Rapids and after this he moved to Saginaw. He is in Saginaw by the 1870 census. Do you have any idea where I might look for information on this? I live in SE IN and do not have relatives in your area.

Thanks for any help you might give,
Gloria Becker Rueber

7/2/2008


         
STANTON

This is a query about my GGgrandfather.
Erastus Hamilton Stanton
Mayor of Ionia 1879
Elected State senate representing the Twenty-Fourth District 1880
The funeral was held at St John's Church by Bishop Gillespie
Is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery
>From a record of Genealogical Biographical Statistical of Thomas Stanton of Connecticut and descendants 1636-1891 by William A. Stanton Ph,D,D,S.
I have pages of this in my possession from History of Ionia and Montcalm Counties
I find no record of this in Ionia search.   

Richard Stanton

(6/25/2008)
                                                     


JACKSON, KANOUSE

No one on my side of the family has lived in Michigan since the early 30's,and did not talk much of family history, so I was surprised to find that they lived in Ionia, and were farmers.

I found  Albert Ehle Jackson (June 1844- 12 Sept 1920) on Censuses 1860,1870,1880,1890,1900,1910,1920 all in Ionia 

     wife Isabell Kanouse Jackson born in MI  (abt 1846 ) listed on 1880 Census died abt 1894  She very well may have had a different first husband since she appears to be 33 when son Ray was born  
 
     son Ray William (April 1879-21 April 1942)  born and died in Ionia on Censuses 1880,1920,1930; 1917 WW I Draft Reg

     son Harvey Ehle (April 1884-8 Feb 1958) born and died in Ionia on Censuses 1900,1910
married Bessie C Omley-  sons Donald K  (1907)  and Phillip  (1923)

     son Lee (abt 1886)  found only on 1917 WW I Draft Registration

     son Chester Smith Jackson **my great grand-father (Aug 1881-2 July 1950) found on Census 1900, 1910 Soth Dakota, 1920 Ionia Ward 1, 1930 Census Wayne,MI; died in Ionia 1950

     married Margaret Anne McDonald (1876-1958) born in Ireland listed on 1910 Census Lyons, Ionia,MI and 1910 SD, 1920 Ionia,1930 Detroit,died in Ionia

     Chester and Margaret had four sons Hugh Anthony (1907-1990); Paul Leo (1909); Earl Francis;
Charles Gerard(1915-1977) **my grand father** Confirmed at St Peter and Paul Church Ionia, MI 1922

Deb Jacobsson

5/9/2008

 



KANOUSE

I am looking for information about Isabell Kanouse born about 1846 in Michigan, possibly Ionia County.
She was married to my great great-grandfather Albert Ehle Jackson (1844-1920). They had four sons: Ray, Chester, Harvey, Lee.

I found her on the 1880 Federal Census in Ionia with her husband Albert, and their son Ray. Albert and Ray are buried at Highland Park, but I cannot find info about Isabell or her family.
 
Deb Jacobsson

5/8/2008

 



PIXLEY
 
I am looking for any information on my ggg-grandmother Mary Jane Pixley born in NY
Pixley was her first husband's name.
Don't know her maiden name or his first name.
However, she had to have married in NY State, because her daugher Vienna Almeda Jane Pixley was born there in 1833.
So, she must have married shortly before that.
 
Then, either they or she and her daughter moved to Michigan.
She was widowed at some point.
She is found married sometime before 1880 to a Mr. Cole in Redford Township, Wayne County.
He was a farmer, it seems, but don't know what happened to him, but she was widowed again before 1880.
Then, she married a Daniel W. Rose in 1880 in Redford Township, Wayne County.
One year later, she died and was buried in Redford Cemetery, but I have no proof of that.
Could you see if you could find her in any of the Censuses for marriage, husband's death, children, her death, please?
 
Vancouver, Canada.

(3/24/2008)



DOUGLASS
 
Hi we are looking for old family pictures...we know they was born in Michigan and some of them came from Montcalm and not sure where else...The last name would be Douglass (Douglas) looking for a John M. Douglas married to Iva (Ivah) M. Douglas (Lawrence)  John was born in MI in1869 1870
His wife Iva is from MI as well they had six children five living at that point...We are looking for what ever info we can get on ours families since we don't have much to go by..
 
 

(2/10/2008)


 

 

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